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16.06.2015 09:42 State Secretariat for Economics (SECO) cut its growth forecasts for Switzerland


The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) released its economic growth forecasts for Switzerland on Tuesday. SECO lowered its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 0.8% from its March estimate of 0.9% due to a weak economic activity in the first quarter of 2015 and due to the downward revision of the U.S. economic growth in 2015.



SECO forecasted the growth of 1.6% in 2016, down from its March estimate of 1.8%.



Inflation forecasts were left unchanged. Inflation is expected to be -1% this year and 0.3% in 2016.



Unemployment rate is expected to be at 3.3% this year, at 3.5% in 2016, up from its March estimate of 3.4%.



SECO warned that there is a risk on the Swiss economy due to the sharp appreciation of the Swiss franc.



SECO expects the Swiss economy to improve in the coming quarters.

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